July 20, 2009

What about transparency Mr. President?


Sometimes I think the President and his cohorts must think the words transparent and opaque are synonyms. It's so often they practice the latter and claim the former they must be truly confused. Another case in point leapt out at me today as I perused the headlines.

We (conservatives) are making progress in our campaign to keep the government's hands off our health care. Reuters is reporting public support for Obama's plan for a government-run system is eroding. In April, 57% of adults polled supported the President's reform plan. Today, less than half--49%--believe another government bureaucracy is needed to make our health care system more efficient and less costly. The number of Americans who disapprove of such a mess has risen from 29% to 44% since April.

For those of us who don't want to see the health care system run by the same crowd who runs Social Security, Medicare, the Post Office, and the TSA's airport security, this is great news. Support is slipping for Obama's plan to seize control of another 1/6 of the American economy!

What's the White House response to the faltering support? I'll give you a hint. It's the opposite of transparency!

An AP story released today with the too benign headline "White House Putting Off Release of Budget Update." Buried inside one discovers this report is typically released around the middle of July. But Obama has decided to delay it's release until the middle of next month. Why?

Let's see, that will be after his deadline for Congress to pass his Socialized Medicine plan. After Congress leaves for its August recess.


The release of the update — usually scheduled for mid-July — has been put off until the middle of next month, giving rise to speculation the White House is delaying the bad news at least until Congress leaves town on its August 7 summer recess.


Unemployment is rising faster than the President predicted, the deficit is rising faster than he said it would, and the economy wasn't stimulated by his so-called "stimulus" package. You can bet if this budget report contained good news, the White House would release it as quickly as possible to counter so much bad news. But instead, it's being pushed back while Obama continues his propaganda campaign to create another monstrous bureaucracy to distribute health care in America. Why?

Because it's bad news and it won't complement his propaganda on health care reform! He's hiding it because he knows it will impede his campaign to have the government decide which sick Americans get to go to the doctor, which surgery will benefit a patient enough to justify its cost, which patients are too old to receive life-saving treatments because some bureaucrat determines the cost-benefit ratio just isn't there to perform costly treatments on someone who's old enough they could die anyday from natural causes.

Obama's idea of transparency is a blacked-out window. Write and call the White House and tell them we want to see the damned report NOW!

Feel free to copy and paste the text of my written submission to the White House or create your own:


I just read that your administration is delaying release of a budget report that is sure to include worse than your projected figures on the deficit and the state of the economy. I recognize this as a delaying tactic in your propaganda campaign to socialize the health care system of this country.

Your strategy in this case is precisely opposite of transparent. In fact it's downright deceptive.

Release the report on time and be honest with the American people!


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